What I learned in October

First Halloween at The Bungalow

1) Your right index finger is probably the most important digit on your body when you are right handed – so slamming it in the car door is a really bad idea. Unfortunately I learned this lesson the hard (and painful) way when I did, syringe indeed, sildenafil close the door on that finger last Friday. There was a lot of blood and I have a  swollen purple finger. There is a good chance the nail is going to fall off. However, contagion this brings me to the next lesson…

2) There are still a lot of good people in the world. As I stood beside the car, swearing and crying and watching the blood spill onto the ground (and mostly worrying about whether it was broken and what on earth I was going to do about the girls) two guys came and helped me. One had training in First Aid. They sat me down (I admit, I was getting woozy and was shaking really badly), patched me up and then drove the girls and I home (one drove while one followed behind in the truck they were driving.) The guys were on their lunch break and used it to help a complete stranger.

3) Children are always watching and listening. I don’t know how much Moira understood about my finger accident on Friday but just when I thought nothing could shut that child up – something did. Thankfully I had both girls in their car seats when I slammed the door on my finger (I was shutting Moira’s door) and so they were safe and out of the way. Unless spoken to, Moira was silent the whole time. I imagine seeing her Mum like that was a scary situation and she somehow knew enough to not say a word while I sat in very back of the station wagon with a total stranger. She is still a little nervous to talk about it. Fionnuala, on the other hand, just sat in her car seat and smiled.

Moira casting a spell on the chubkin

4) Procrastinating never works out well for me. I had really great plans to make Moira a Little Red Riding Hood costume for Halloween. I had the material ready, the pattern ready and was going to cut it out and sew it Friday afternoon. We had even been reading different versions of Little Red Riding Hood from the library. Obviously I can’t sew right now and so I had to scramble a little bit to find a costume but I have great friends and the amazing Jen (who manages to have small children AND still quilt) came through for us with a big selection to choose from. However…

5) Things tend to work out anyway. Moira didn’t want to wear the witches hat while we were trick-or-treating and so I held it for her. She went from house to house with her basket and a red sweater under her witches cape and four separate times people asked if she was Little Red Riding Hood!

The only pumpkin to survive the frost.

The only pumpkin to survive the frost.

Other random things I have learned last month (I keep adding to this post, I can’t help it – I just keep thinking of things I learned.):

  • The baby will survive if I leave the house for a couple hours without her.
  • Some kids just need to yell and scream their frustrations out. Moira is one of those kids some days and putting her in her room is beneficial for both of us.
  • Never underestimate the power of a decent hair cut on your self confidence.
  • Having a man around who likes to cook is pretty much the best thing ever.
  • I really missed knitting.


Amber over at Strocel.com has started this series of monthly reviews and I think it is a great idea and decided to play along. If you want to check out what other people are learning – usually the hard way (is there any other way?) – check out her site.

What did you learn last month?

  9 Replies to “What I learned in October”

  1. November 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t do a monthly review, but I do a daily review of good things that happened, things I am grateful for each day when I write in my journal before bed. It is surprising how much it helps me appreciate the little things, and how much it helps me become more aware of positive thing and good things in my life!

    I’ve been doing it since August.

    Hope your finger heals quickly.

    • November 2, 2010 at 8:18 am

      I miss writing in a journal and once life calms down I hope to start again… so maybe 10 years from now?

  2. wil
    November 1, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    It seems we don’t truly appreciate working, healthy fingers until we maim them. I hope your finger’s back in tip-top shape soon.

    Now I’m going to take a moment to really appreciate my fully-functional, non-maimed fingers. 🙂

  3. November 1, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I love this post– you have become very wise. And the photos are adorable! Your pumpkin is so teeny.

  4. November 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks for linking up! And I’m really sorry to hear about your finger. Although I’m impressed you managed to type this. That must have taken some doing.

    And your little pumpkin and witch are about the cutest things ever, I must say. Oh, my ovaries!

    • November 2, 2010 at 8:22 am

      Typing is surprisingly easy since my finger is all wrapped up in gauze and I just keep it in the air. : )

  5. November 2, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Oh, adorable… halloween must be so much more fun with kids, I’m excited =).

    I like your note of “There are still good people in this world” … too bad it’s something we all can’t experience more often!

  6. November 2, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Oh, your poor finger! That sounds so painful.
    I love your top photo so much, how it captures a normal moment so perfectly.

  7. November 4, 2010 at 2:27 am

    i learned that a rat that walks openly, (more like saunters), across your yard is probably poisoned and on death’s door. i also re-learned that a teething baby is a terror and that i need to be more patient.
    hope your finger heals – mine once got crushed under a boot when the guy who was supposed to (not) stomp on it in a scene actually stomped on it. hard. fingers really hurt and i’m lucky it wasn’t my index finger – poor you!

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